Archived Articles: February 2016

2016 Rising Star Finalists Compete at HCAC Celebration

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) will celebrate 35 years of fostering the arts at the 19th Annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County on Saturday, March 19, at the Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College (HCC), Columbia. Elizabeth and Kenneth Lundeen, long-time patrons of the arts in Howard County, will serve as honorary chairs for the event; and Dick Story, senior vice president, community relations and government affairs, and business development liaison for Howard Bank, will serve as emcee.Read Full Article »

Addiction in the Workplace

The opiate epidemic sweeping across Maryland has brought the issue of addiction to the forefront of local news, politics and conversation; and a starting point for conversation about the disease should start with the fact that drug addiction is a disease that does not discriminate; employment, relationships and geography are not protective factors.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


State of the County: Feb. 18

Get ready for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s (HCCC) annual State of the County Luncheon, at which County Executive Allan Kittleman will recap activities and accomplishments in the county and discuss his priorities for the coming months. Don’t miss one of the biggest networking events of 2016. Register now.Read Full Article »

Navel Gazing

So, there are amateur future navel-gazers (see last month’s column of Fearless Predictions) and there are paid professional future navel-gazers. The latter like to give themselves titles such as “economists” and, if they obtain a sufficient reputation, gather in exotic towns at lush hotels where they eat, drink and listen to each other say how smart they are.Read Full Article »

People In Business

Horizon Hires New Communications Director

The Horizon Foundation, of Columbia, has hired Olivia Doherty as the organization’s director of communications. Doherty most recently served as a senior director of communications at The Hatcher Group, a Maryland-based firm specializing in public relations for nonprofit organizations.Read Full Article »

Breezy Willow Farm Video Unites Community

​The Caulders have been growing vegetables and berries in Howard County for friends and neighbors for more than 35 years, which means they’re about community; in this case, the community that supports agriculture at Breezy Willow Farm, which is featured in the newly-released video, “Breezy Willow Farm: From the Land and the Hand.”Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Odenton Town Center Master Plan Final Draft Released

County Executive Steve Schuh has released the final draft of the 2015 Odenton Town Center Master Plan. The plan establishes goals, policies and requirements for development in the town center with an overall mission of creating a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use community located around the Odenton MARC Station.Read Full Article »

Nonprofits News & Charitable Giving

Kittleman Reopens Howard County’s MultiService Center Following Expansion

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman joined Department of Citizen Services staff to officially reopen the county’s MultiService Center (MSC). The MSC, located at 9900 Washington Boulevard, recently completed an extensive renovation to better serve the needs of the North Laurel and surrounding communities.Read Full Article »

Bringing Messages to Life Through Strategic Branding

Eyes often glaze over when one talks about “marketing.” It encompasses a large arena of concepts and strategies to be considered and, with social media and other technological advances, more are presenting themselves every day. When you add “selling the invisible” to the mix, it seems daunting. But that is just what the Ellicott City-based firm Insight180 Brand Consulting & Design specializes in — “helping to message and market those that sell the ‘invisible’ services — consulting, technology, ideology and training, for example,” said Insight180 President Wendy Baird.Read Full Article »

In Brief

Bonnie Heneson Communications Named Best in Maryland

Bonnie Heneson Communications (BHC), a full-service marketing communications firm with offices in Columbia and Owings Mills, received a Best in Maryland 2015 Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America’s Maryland chapter.Read Full Article »